What is the biggest threat in the world today? A recent Media and Public Opinion (MPO) Research Group poll found that 30% of Americans believe that terrorism is the biggest threat to world security.
Around 10% of Americans chose either North Korea, Iran, or China. Incidentally, an identical number of Americans, one in ten, believe that the US is as big of a threat to world security. This may come as a surprise to some who are used to hearing about the threats to world security posed by the North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs as well as cyber attacks emanating from China.
In terms of demographics, those who view North Korea as the biggest threat to world security tend to be democrats and women by a margin of almost 2 to 1 in both instances. Those who view the United States as the biggest threat to world security also tend to be registered democrats and women.
This data was based on a survey of 501 people over the month of May 2013. The margin of error is 4.38%.